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Tips for when your child is sleeping away from home

Tips for when your child is sleeping away from home

We’ve all heard that babies and young children are adaptable. But the truth is that many small people are not.  Just like the adults in their lives, some respond more easily to changes in their daily routine, others are less flexible.

Whichever way your child is ‘hard wired’ to respond to change, there will be times when they’ll need a little more support. Sleep and settling is one aspect of care which needs to be flexible, depending on the day and where your child may be.

Safe sleeping during the day – why checking is important

Safe sleeping during the day – why checking is important

Most parents are mindful of the importance of following the safe sleeping recommendations for their baby. Following these recommendations helps to reduce the risk of Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy (SUDI) and to prevent sleeping accidents.  Room sharing is also protective and reduces the risk of SUDI by up to 50%.

However, room sharing for day naps is a different matter to overnight when it’s easier for parents to check on their baby because they’re so close.

How to Handle Your Baby's Inevitable Witching Hour

How to Handle Your Baby's Inevitable Witching Hour

Parents of newborns have often heard of “the witching hour” and are all too familiar with what it means. In folklore, the witching, or devil’s hour, refers to the window of time at night when supernatural events occur.  And although parents may feel that their special baby has been replaced by a little ghoul, time and gut maturity almost always bring improvement.
The importance of play in early childhood development

The importance of play in early childhood development

Play in a child’s day is essential to their health and wellbeing.  Far from being just time wasting, play, in all its forms, helps children grow and develop. Play also helps to support connections to form in a child’s brain which brings lifelong benefits in terms of their social, emotional and cognitive development.